Retire meaning

rĭ-tīr'
Retire is defined as to take out of use, go to bed, or a person giving up their work.

An example of retire is Germany stopping the use of the mark as currency.

An example of retire is someone going to bed at ten o'clock.

An example of retire is what a currently working person born after 1960 can do when they reach age 67.

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To withdraw from one's occupation or position, especially upon reaching a certain age; stop working.
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To give up one's work, business, career, etc., esp. because of advanced age.
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To lead (troops, for example) away from action; withdraw.
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To go away, retreat, or withdraw to a private, sheltered, or secluded place.
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To give ground, as in battle; retreat; withdraw.
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To move back or away, or seem to do so.
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To withdraw or move in retreat.

To retire troops from an action.

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To cause to retire from a position, job, or office.
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To withdraw from use.

To retire outdated machinery.

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To end the batting turn of (a batter, side, etc.) by putting the batter, side, etc. out.
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Applying to drafts, to redeem by paying out a sum of money; to withdraw from the market by buying back; a voluntary leaving of public office, or other form of employment; a leaving the courtroom by the jury to consider the case, or by the judge to her chambers.
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(rare) The act of retiring, or the state of being retired; also, a place to which one retires.
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(dated) A call sounded on a bugle, announcing to skirmishers that they are to retire, or fall back.

At the retire, the cavalry fell back.

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To withdraw; to take away; -- sometimes used reflexively.
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To withdraw from circulation, or from the market; to take up and pay; as, to retire bonds; to retire a note.

The central bank retired those notes five years ago.

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To cause to retire; specifically, to designate as no longer qualified for active service; to place on the retired list; as, to retire a military or naval officer.

The board retired the old major.

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(cricket, of a batsman) To voluntarily stop batting before being dismissed so that the next batsman can bat.

Jones retired in favour of Smith.

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(baseball, of a fielder), to make a defensive play which results in a runner or the batter being put out.

Jones retired Smith 6-3.

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(intransitive) To go back or return; to draw back or away; to keep aloof; to withdraw or retreat, as from observation; to go into privacy; as, to retire to his home; to retire from the world, or from notice.

I will retire to the study.

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(intransitive) To retreat from action or danger; to withdraw for safety or pleasure; as, to retire from battle.

The regiment retired from the fray after the Major was killed.

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(intransitive) To withdraw from a public station, from working, or from business.

Having made a large fortune, he retired.

He wants to retire at 55.

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(intransitive) To recede; to fall or bend back; as, the shore of the sea retires in bays and gulfs.

Past the point, the shore retires into a sequence of coves.

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(intransitive) To go to bed; as, he usually retires early.

I will retire for the night.

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To go to bed.
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To go to bed.
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Origin of retire

  • French retirer to retreat from Old French to take back re- re- tirer to draw tier1
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Middle French retirer (“draw back"), from prefix re- (“back"), + verb tirer (“draw, pull"), from Old French tirer, tirier (“to draw out, arrange, adorn"), from tire, tiere (“row, rank, order, dress") of Germanic origin akin to Old English and Old Saxon tÄ«r (“fame, glory, ornament"), Old English tÄ«er (“rank, row"), Old High German ziari, zÄ“ri (“ornament"), German Zier (“ornament, adornment"), German zieren (“to adorn"). More at tier
    From Wiktionary